One thing that I've become more interested in, especially after reading other MN garden/nature blogs, are the birds and waterfowl in our little corner of the universe. This evening, I spotted a new duck that I hadn't noticed or paid attention to before, the hooded merganser. Now that I know what they are, I'll have to pay more attention to whether or not they are frequent visitors to our shoreline. If they are, I'm sure they're thinking what I'm thinking... man, it's cold, what are we doing here?!